Features http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/5/all en Learn All Aspects of Country Guitar Using Real Country Songs http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-all-aspects-country-guitar-using-real-country-songs <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Hal Leonard Country Guitar Method</em> is a 64-page, softcover book that uses real country songs to teach you the basics of rhythm and lead country guitar in the style of Chet Atkins, James Burton, Albert Lee, Merle Travis and many others. </p> <p><strong>Lessons include:</strong> </p> <p>• Chords<br /> • Scales and Licks<br /> • Common Progressions and Riffs<br /> • Carter Style and Travis Picking<br /> • Steel Licks, String Bending and Vibrato<br /> • Standard Notation and Tablature<br /> • and much more! </p> <p><strong>Songs include:</strong></p> <p>• "Could I Have This Dance"<br /> • "Green Green Grass of Home"<br /> • "I Fall to Pieces"<br /> • "Satin Sheets"<br /> • "Yakety Sax"<br /> • and more ...</p> <p><em>Softcover with CD — by Greg Koch.</em></p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/hal-leonard-country-guitar-method/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=HLCountryMethod"><em>Hal Leonard Country Guitar Method</em> is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $22.99.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-all-aspects-country-guitar-using-real-country-songs#comments Greg Koch News Features Mon, 26 Jan 2015 03:06:13 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16858 Guitar World at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show: It's That Time of Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-2015-winter-namm-show-0 <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Well, it's over, folks! The 2015 Winter NAMM Show took place Thursday, January 22, through Sunday, August 25, in Anaheim, California.</strong></p> <p>As always, <em>Guitar World</em> NAMM-ed it up, shooting photos and videos, gathering endless gear news and trying out (and gawking at) the coolest and newest guitars, amps, effects, devices for 2015.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2015">NAMM 2015 section of GuitarWorld.com</a> to catch all the latest gear news, which is still being posted, including our newest videos. We still recommend that you follow <em>Guitar World</em> via <a href="https://twitter.com/GuitarWorld">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://instagram.com/guitarworldmagazine">Instagram</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GuitarWorld">Facebook</a> for access to even more photos.</p> <p>Our coverage will continue with a new round of videos for your viewing pleasure.</p> <p><strong>2015 Winter NAMM Show Wrap-Up</strong></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2015">GuitarWorld.com: NAMM Show coverage</a><br /> • <a href="https://twitter.com/GuitarWorld">Twitter: NAMM Show photos and news | @GuitarWorld</a><br /> • <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GuitarWorld">Facebook: NAMM Show photos and news</a><br /> • <a href="http://instagram.com/guitarworldmagazine">Instagram: NAMM Show photos and more | @GuitarWorldMagazine</a></p> <p>If you have a potential gear addiction and just can't get enough NAMM news, check out <em>Guitar World</em>'s coverage of <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2014">NAMM 2014,</a> <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2013">NAMM 2013</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2012">NAMM 2012</a>.</p> <p><strong>For more about the NAMM Show, visit <a href="http://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2014">namm.org/thenammshow</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/77L3kBjwDm8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-2015-winter-namm-show-0#comments Gear Spotlight NAMM 2015 NAMM Show new gear That Time of Gear Accessories Acoustic Guitars Videos Amps Bass Guitars Effects Electric Guitars Home Recording News Features Gear Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:43:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23314 New Guitar World DVD: Dave Reffett Teaches You 'Metal and Thrash Rhythm Guitar' http://www.guitarworld.com/new-guitar-world-dvd-dave-reffett-teaches-you-metal-and-thrash-rhythm-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>A new DVD, <em>Metal and Thrash Rhythm Guitar</em>, is <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/dvds/products/metal-and-thrash-rhythm-guitar/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=MetalThrashDVD">available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $14.95.</a></p> <p>With <em>Metal and Thrash Rhythm Guitar</em>, you'll learn the secret techniques of metal’s greatest riffmasters, plus: </p> <p> • Gallop and reverse-gallop rhythms in the styles of bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer<br /> • Palm muting and chugging<br /> • Double and quadruple picking<br /> • Machine-gun-like bursts punctuated by “holes of silence”<br /> • Chromatic alternate-picking exercises<br /> • Chord stabs and jabs<br /> • Power chord riffs with pedal tones<br /> • String skipping, raking and fret-hand muting<br /> • Natural-and pinch-harmonic “squeals”<br /> • Integrating riffing up and down one string with fret-hand muting<br /> • Stacked power chords, and much more!</p> <p>The DVD features 100 minutes of Instruction!</p> <p><strong>Your instructor</strong></p> <p>Hailed for his incendiary picking technique, Dave Reffett is a fast-rising star in the world of metal guitar and has worked with such renowned artists as Guthrie Govan, Jeff Loomis, Michael Romeo, Mike Mangini, George Lynch, Michael Angelo Batio, Chris Poland, Glen Drover, Glen Sobel, Derek St. Holmes, Michael Devin, Rusty Cooley, Craig Goldy and Annie Grunwald. He produced the critically acclaimed album The Call of the Flames and also played a big role on Batio's album Intermezzo.</p> <p>A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dave teaches countless students across the globe via live guitar clinics, private lessons and videos and was a recipient of the Berklee World Scholarship Tour award and the Berklee Best award. Dave is an Official artist endorsee for the Dean Guitars, Eminence Speakers, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Mogami Cables, D'Addario Strings and Stone Tone Rock Blocks and has appeared on the covers of Gitar Plus and Heavy Riff Magazines in Asia and Mexico, respectively.</p> <p>Please note: This product includes a PDF booklet on the DVD and can be retrieved by opening the DVD on your computer.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/dvds/products/metal-and-thrash-rhythm-guitar/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=MetalThrashDVD">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-guitar-world-dvd-dave-reffett-teaches-you-metal-and-thrash-rhythm-guitar#comments Dave Reffett News Features Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:35:15 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22953 Tabs: Play Every Song from Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'I'm With You' http://www.guitarworld.com/tabs-play-every-song-red-hot-chili-peppers-im-you-album <!--paging_filter--><p>Learn to play every song from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest studio album, the Grammy-nominated <em>I'm with You</em>.</p> <p>Josh Klinghoffer's distinctive guitar sound has taken the Peppers in an exciting new direction. Here is every delightfully textured, nuanced note from their triumphant 2011 CD transcribed with tab! </p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/red-hot-chili-peppers-songbook/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=ChiliPeppersSongbook">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $22.99.</a></p> <p>Songs include:</p> <p>• The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie<br /> • Annie Wants a Baby<br /> • Brendan's Death Song<br /> • Dance, Dance, Dance<br /> • Did I Let You Know<br /> • Ethiopia<br /> • Even You Brutus?<br /> • Factory of Faith<br /> • Goodbye Hooray<br /> • Happiness Loves Company<br /> • Look Around<br /> • Meet Me at the Corner<br /> Monarchy of Roses<br /> • Police Station </p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/red-hot-chili-peppers-songbook/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=ChiliPeppersSongbook">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RtBbinpK5XI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/tabs-play-every-song-red-hot-chili-peppers-im-you-album#comments Red Hot Chili Peppers News Features Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:36:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17805 Cracking the Code with Troy Grady: Eric Johnson's Pickslanting Pentatonics http://www.guitarworld.com/cracking-code-eric-johnsons-pickslanting-pentatonics <!--paging_filter--><p>The cascading waterfall of sound that is Eric Johnson's lead playing has captivated players and listeners for 30 years. </p> <p>Sonically, it's an almost formless wash of sunshine. In Johnson's ethereal soundscape, all the edges are smoothed away. </p> <p>Even the distinction between scales and arpeggios seems to blur. His patterns tumble imperceptibly through positions, like falling through clouds. And his limitless supply of sparsely voiced diatonic chord substitutions only enhances the vertigo. And it's the seemingly imperturbable precision of Johnson's right hand that makes it all possible. </p> <p>And now, armed with a modern understanding of picking mechanics, we can actually begin to understand and recreate Johnson's wondrous style.</p> <p>The foundational skill of Johnson's lead style is the ability to play two-note-per-string passages at high speed. And of course, the ideal mechanical system for playing this is downward pickslanting.</p> <p>Wait a minute, downward what?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NdKUIx3fw98" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Getting Straight with the Slant</span></p> <p>If you haven't watched <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteem-lesson-cracking-code-season-2-episode-1-get-down-upstroke-video">Season 2, Episode 1 of Cracking the Code,</a> now might be a good time to do so! Because it turns out the secret to Johnson's picking technique is precisely the same one that powers Yngwie Malmsteen's legendary scalar accuracy. And it is ingenious and easy to replicate.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/slant-vs-edge.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="slant-vs-edge.jpg" /></p> <p>By simply rotating the picking hand downward, toward the floor, Johnson and Malmsteen create a subtle but powerful change in the pick's travel. </p> <p>In this position, called downward pickslanting, downstrokes tend to bury themselves between the strings. But upstrokes are where the magic happens: The pick breaks free of the surrounding strings and pulls away from the guitar's body. This makes the upstroke the ideal time to switch strings, because nothing can get in the way. The pick simply drops down on the next chosen string and continues playing.</p> <p>The genius of this solution is that the upstroke itself becomes the string-switching movement. There is no longer any need to jump from string to string, and this removes the primary source of sloppiness and mistakes most players face. Once you remove the error-prone process of "stringhopping" from string to string, it becomes dramatically easier to play with great accuracy.</p> <p>Note also that downward pickslanting is not the same as edge picking. That's a completely different and much more commonly discussed pick angle. And it solves a totally separate problem. Players use the edge of the pick to reduce the resistance of the picking motion against the strings. But pickslanting uses rotation of the hand and/or fingers to change the entire trajectory of the pick's travel. The key is that these two happen simultaneously in Johnson's technique.</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Ah Via Pentatonic</span></p> <p>In retrospect, this all should have been obvious. Johnson is a one-way pickslanter, and he maintains a pronounced downward pickslant at nearly all times. This pickslant is more aggressive than Malmsteen's, and it's plainly visible, even on standard-definition footage like his 1990 <em>Hot Licks</em> instructional video, <em>Total Electric Guitar</em>. Here's a screen cap of just how clear that is:</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/ej-dwps.jpg" width="620" height="465" alt="ej-dwps.jpg" /></p> <p>This pickslant dovetails perfectly with the cornerstone of his lead playing: the pentatonic scale. Thanks to its two-note-per-string design, the pentatonic scale is actually perfectly efficient. By simply starting on a downstroke, and using downward pickslanting, the sequence changes strings cleanly after every upstroke:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4MdRgbE2GTs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-14%20at%204.55.18%20PM.png" width="620" height="253" alt="Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 4.55.18 PM.png" /></p> <p>As you can see clearly in this closeup footage, captured with our prototype iPhone slow-motion analysis rig, the smoothness and accuracy of the string switching is readily apparent. There is no jumping from string to string whatsoever. </p> <p>Thanks to downward pickslanting, each upstroke is the string change. And this is true whether you're ascending or descending. The mechanics don't change based on the direction of the lick; once the upstroke is in the air, it can drop down in any direction it chooses, either higher or lower.</p> <p>Astute observers also will notice that when played descending, with a down-up sequence on each string, the pentatonic scale is an outside picking lick. When played ascending, that same down-up picking sequence becomes inside picking. Of course, it's still the same picking sequence, and because of this, there is no mechanical difference in difficulty between them. </p> <p>In other words, in a downward pickslanting world like Johnson's, inside and outside picking as concepts have little relevance to actual difficulty. The only thing that matters is making sure that every string change happens after an upstroke.</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">The Pentatonic Cascade</span></p> <p>Now, when you combine the power of the downward pickslanting upstroke with a little sweeping, amazing things start to happen:</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-14%20at%204.57.56%20PM.png" width="620" height="392" alt="Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 4.57.56 PM.png" /></p> <p>This is an example of Johnson's rich pentatonic vocabulary, which I like to call the "cascade," and you can watch the original and my version in the video at the top of this lesson. It combines the power of downward pickslanting with ascending sweeping to create the descending ripple of pentatonic sound that has become Johnson's trademark.</p> <p>This particular cascade moves from the pentatonic box position down to the mid-neck third pentatonic position. Along the way, we see a variety of Johnson's signature moves: the initial ascending pickup, a single-string legato turnaround, a battery of slides and pull-off position shifts and more. It's a vocabulary that is uniquely his, but also immensely powerful as a tool chest in creating your own pentatonic, downward pickslanting explorations.</p> <p>You'll note that every alternate-picked string change in the lick is still an upstroke. But now, we've augmented the mechanical formula with sweeping for switching strings after downstrokes. This is the same formula Malmsteen uses, and the results are truly stunning.</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Cracking the EJ Code</span></p> <p><strong>If you're interested in learning more about Johnson's picking mechanics, we'll be doing exactly that in the very next episode of <a href="http://www.troygrady.com/code">Cracking the Code, Season 2</a>. That episode, "Eric the Right," is set to roll out soon and includes an extremely detailed pack of more than 30 slow-motion clips and 25 pages of written analysis. That pack is available to our Season Pass holders now, and the episode will arrive shortly.</strong></p> <p>In the meantime, I'll leave you with a sample of some of the amazing and timeless sounds in Johnson's larger repertoire. All of these can be created by following the simple rules we've outlined here. Ah Via Pentatonic, indeed!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mB0a4KtigKY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Troy Grady is the creator of <a href="http://troygrady.com/code/">Cracking the Code</a>, a documentary series with a unique analytical approach to understanding guitar technique. Melding archival footage, in-depth interviews, painstakingly crafted animation and custom soundtrack, it’s a pop-science investigation of an age-old mystery: Why are some players seemingly super-powered?</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/cracking-code-eric-johnsons-pickslanting-pentatonics#comments Cracking the Code Eric Johnson Troy Grady Videos Blogs News Features Lessons Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:19:25 +0000 Troy Grady http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23288 Guitar World DVD: Learn 20 Essential Rhythm Guitar Styles http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-dvd-learn-20-essential-rhythm-guitar-styles <!--paging_filter--><p>Master the art of playing rhythm guitar with this complete tutorial, the all-new <em>20 Essential Rhythm Guitar Styles</em>.</p> <p>Learn all the techniques used by guitarists in rock, country, metal, blues, folk, reggae and many other styles of music. </p> <p>Through 20 lessons that build upon each other, this lick pack will teach you how to play basic barre chords, open-chord embellishments, "pumping" power chords, chord arpeggiation, eight- and 16-note syncopations, rhythmically driving "boom-chick" strumming patterns, the all-purpose passing chord and much more.</p> <p><strong>Learn to play in the style of:</strong></p> <p> • The Eagles<br /> • Led Zeppelin<br /> • Bob Marley<br /> • Metallica<br /> • Johnny Cash<br /> • The Beatles</p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/new-products/products/20-essential-rhythm-guitar-styles/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=20RhythmLicks">This DVD is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $14.99!</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/HBZ8ulc5NTg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-dvd-learn-20-essential-rhythm-guitar-styles#comments Features Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:17:48 +0000 Guitar Wortld Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17536 Guitar World DVD: Learn '30 Hot Country Licks' in Styles of Brent Mason, Danny Gatton, James Burton and More http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-dvd-learn-30-hot-country-licks-styles-brent-mason-danny-gatton-james-burton-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p>A new <em>Guitar World</em> DVD, <em>30 Hot Country Licks</em>, is available now at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/30-hot-country-licks/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=30CountryLicksDVD">Guitar World Online Store!</a></p> <p>Selected from <em>Guitar World's</em> Lick of the Day vault, this collection of tasty country-style guitar licks and lessons is presented by an elite group of seasoned guitar pickers and teachers, including Jerry Donahue, Peter Stroud, Lyle Brewer, Guthrie Govan, Keith Wyatt, Dale Turner, Jimmy Brown, Andy Aledort and others. </p> <p>Learn how to "chicken pick," play Western swing-style phrases, bend strings, make your guitar "weep" like a pedal steel, and more!</p> <p>With over 60 minutes of instruction you'll learn to play in the styles of:</p> <p> • Jerry Donahue<br /> • Albert Lee<br /> • Brent Mason<br /> • Danny Gatton<br /> • Merle Travis<br /> • James Burton</p> <p>... and many others!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/30-hot-country-licks/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=30CountryLicksDVD">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $14.99!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-dvd-learn-30-hot-country-licks-styles-brent-mason-danny-gatton-james-burton-and-more#comments News Features Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:03:07 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22412 Tool's Adam Jones: My 10 Favorite Guitarists http://www.guitarworld.com/adam-jones-adams-jones <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, Tool axman Adam Jones lists the 10 guitarists you need to know about.</p> <p><strong>Robert Fripp (King Crimson)</strong></p> <p>Fripp’s playing caused me to “wake up” to music when I was younger. </p> <p>Later, when we were to tour with King Crimson, I remember being horrifically nervous to meet him. But he was so gracious and ended up teaching me the two most important things about playing: attitude and discipline. </p> <p>You can ask Fripp, “What kind of equipment do you use?” and he’ll respond, “That doesn’t matter. It’s all attitude.” His attitude and discipline allow him to explore all the many musical paths you can go down.</p> <p><strong>Adrian Belew (King Crimson)</strong></p> <p>People don’t bring up Adrian Belew enough, and I think he’s just as heavy as Fripp. Adrian plays straight from his heart, so some of his lead structures defy the classical approach to scales and teaching. </p> <p>He’s also really into new technology, but he uses it in a very thought-out and tasteful way.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QilNVTZx5CI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Trey Gunn (King Crimson)</strong></p> <p>I know Trey Gunn plays the Chapman stick and the Warr guitar [<em>a seven-to-15-stringed guitar designed for two-handed tapping</em>], but it’s still “guitaring” to me. His left- and right-hand approach is like that of a classical pianist. </p> <p>He gave me some lessons to improve hand coordination, and I felt like I was learning how to play guitar all over again! [<em>laughs</em>] I still haven’t gotten to the level where I can go back to him and say, “Okay, I’ve got this down. Show me the next thing.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RxEbFxwed3M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Buzz Osborne (The Melvins)</strong></p> <p>Buzz’s playing has those same qualities of attitude and discipline that I learned from Fripp. The Melvins’ style is also so brutal. They rip their guts out every time they play. </p> <p>Where I do more of a shoe-gazer thing onstage, Buzz will microwave a crowd. Many people don’t recognize the Melvins’ importance, and unfortunately they probably won’t until the band’s dead and gone.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Hp5r9qwqpPc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers)</strong></p> <p>Paul Leary’s playing is completely innovative and breaks every rule in music theory and scales. His leads will go in any direction, but they fit so perfectly. </p> <p>His playing on albums like <em>Locust Abortion Technician</em> is very eclectic. Every song is different, weird and fucking amazing.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CO8vBVUaKvk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Andy Gill (Gang of Four)</strong></p> <p>That Gang of Four shit kicked my ass! Andy Gill is a completely underrated guitarist. Back in the Seventies I was just a kid playing in bands and trying to shake off the massive classic rock influence that I was under. </p> <p>Gill’s raw, passionate guitar playing had a very big impact on me. You could feel just how angry he was.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WVQ2Y688dUQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Dr. Know (Bad Brains)</strong></p> <p>I’d always liked Bad Brains, but I’d never seen them live until I moved to California. They started playing and all of a sudden [<em>singer</em>] H.R. came flying over the drum kit—there must have been a trampoline back there—hit the stage, wiped out and then started singing. It was absolutely amazing. </p> <p>Dr. Know was way ahead of his time. Who knows what was fueling his fire, but there was definitely fire being fueled!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XGzA8KXW3WI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Fredrik Thordendal and Mårten Hagström (Meshuggah)</strong></p> <p>These guys have taken the Swedish metal genre completely off the path and into an extremely innovative area. I hate to single out Fred, but he’s just great. He has an incredible lead style. But both of those guys are fucking amazing.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m9LpMZuBEMk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Ronald Jones (The Flaming Lips)</strong></p> <p>Ronald Jones was this completely innovative guitarist that used to play in the Flaming Lips. He used to play with a quarter for a pick, so he could slide it down the strings. I’ve also never seen a guitarist with so many effect pedals. But like the King Crimson guys, Ronald was so good at incorporating new technology tastefully. He’s another guy that played from his heart and not his head.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cvfxKbpoxRE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/tool">Tool</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/adam-jones-adams-jones#comments Adam Jones Articles GW Archive Tool Videos Interviews News Features Magazine Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:47:18 +0000 Brad Angle http://www.guitarworld.com/article/2202 Matt Sorum Discusses Adopt the Arts Charity, Kings of Chaos and Guns N' Roses http://www.guitarworld.com/matt-sorum-discusses-adopt-arts-charity-kings-chaos-and-guns-n-roses <!--paging_filter--><p>Matt Sorum is perhaps best known as the drummer for such bands as the Cult, Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. </p> <p>But in addition to his musical success stories (that now include Kings of Chaos), the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee also is an advocate for the arts. </p> <p>His Adopt the Arts Foundation brings together well-known artists, public figures and the public to save the arts in America’s public schools. </p> <p>On January 12, Sorum hosted an annual fundraising event for Adopt The Arts that honored Billy Gibbons and Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks. The event will also featured performances by a plethora of other guitar greats, including Slash, Edgar Winter, Richie Sambora and Orianthi.</p> <p>I recently spoke with Sorum and asked him about Adopt the Arts, the importance of music in public schools and much more.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How did Adopt the Arts get started?</strong></p> <p>As I’ve gotten more time and a little bit older, I started wanting to do some things to give back. I originally had gotten the idea to do a charity that was based around giving away guitars. I’ve always looked at the guitar as being an instrument that was a no-brainer for people to understand. It’s a common thread of musicians and a universal instrument. </p> <p>My plan was to travel around while on tour and stop at places like orphanages, shelters and hospitals and bring along a few guitars to give them. It was called Music for Healing and would give people an opportunity to pick up an instrument and get that same feeling we get when we play. It’s very therapeutic. I had gotten an endorsement deal with a few companies and was going to go to Haiti but had issues with getting the guitars into the country. So I wound up having all of these guitars lying around my house.</p> <p>Then one day I was telling my neighbor about the guitars and she asked me if I could help her. She was a booster at school and said there was no music program. She told me they had a crappy drum set and broken-down piano. The kids had nothing, so I decided to help out. In addition to carpeting and painting the room, I got a deal with Casio, Fender, Line 6 and JBL and furnished the entire classroom. The idea was to start building the future of musicians. That’s when I came up with the idea of getting different celebrities I knew to bring attention to the cause and “adopt” a school. I called it Adopt the Arts.</p> <p><strong>What can you tell me about your annual fundraiser?</strong></p> <p>I’ve been so blessed to have friends who have been so helpful that instead of just doing a concert, I decided to honor some of my favorite musicians. I had just been on tour with Billy Gibbons with Kings of Chaos, so I called him and told him I wanted to honor him. Billy’s a legend and one of the pinnacle blues/rock guitarists in the world. </p> <p>Then I called Butch Trucks, the drummer from the Allman Brothers Band, and he was over the moon about it. Then I started thinking about guests and the first ones I reached out to were Slash and Duff and they immediately said yes. Then I reached out to Steve Lukather, who is such a great guy and an amazing musician. Then there’s Jimmy Vivino and Edgar Winter. It just kept growing. Just the other day, Richie Sambora and Orianthi called and said they would be there too. It’s an eclectic group of people. Then, of course, we’ve got Billy Gibbons! </p> <p><strong>What are your thoughts on the importance of music in public schools?</strong></p> <p>People don’t seem to understand just how important music is. Where else can kids have the opportunity to have communion with other kids? It’s called “harmony." In almost every other aspect in school, you’re competing. Whether it’s trying to get a better test score or on a sports team having to win and try to be better than the other players. It’s always competitive where as music is a team. </p> <p>And music is not just an extra-curricular activity. Kids learn about history (where the music came from) and rhythm (which teaches them mathematics) as well as art. Music today is not just the old orchestra teacher walking into class and telling the kids what to play. </p> <p>When I was coming up the Seventies, they still had music in school. Today, the cuts have gotten deeper and deeper and one of the first things to go is music. Here in California, we’re really struggling with that. But if we can stand up and push back, we can make a difference. That’s why being there making a statement is so important. If you show up, things will get done.</p> <p><strong>What originally got you involved in music?</strong></p> <p>I would have to say it was Ringo Starr. When I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan's show, he became a metaphor for what I wanted to do. I just gravitated toward it like a kid to a fire truck! </p> <p><strong>What was the music scene in LA like when you were coming up?</strong></p> <p>In those days, the Seventies, it was so cool. The Strip was on fire because there was so much action going on. I remember playing this club where Van Halen started. The club had four stages and there would be four bands playing with Van Halen as the headliner. I remember going on stage and then watching them afterwards and just going, “Holy shit! They’re going to be huge!” </p> <p><strong>Can you tell me how you landed the gig with the Cult?</strong></p> <p>I was working in LA playing in bands and dabbling in the studio. I had a few records out on labels at the time and had started making a name for myself. Pat Torpey was originally asked to be in the band, but he told them he couldn’t do it because he was putting together his own band [Mr. Big]. But he said, “Why don’t you try Matt Sorum?” So I went down to the audition and wound up getting the gig, and within four days, I was opening for Metallica! I literally got the gig, rehearsed and went right on tour.</p> <p><strong>What were the early years like for you in Guns N’ Roses?</strong></p> <p>That was a good period of time. We were all getting along great in those days. Everyone was having fun and got a little crazy at times, but in general it was awesome. Then as we got on the road, that’s when things started falling apart. There was a lot of pressure but it was a good time, right up until the very end.</p> <p><strong>Can you give me an update on some of your other projects?</strong></p> <p>In addition to my band, Kings of Chaos, just getting back from Africa, I put out a solo album last year called <em>Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy.</em> I’m also working on a new project right now that I can’t say the name of—yet. </p> <p><strong>Have you ever given thought to writing a book about your life and career?</strong></p> <p>I would love to do one at some point, but if I’m going to do it I want to do it right. Even though it might be a little bit painful for certain people to read [laughs]. I wouldn’t want to write a book if I had to hold back. I would rather just say exactly how I felt from the downbeat. You’ve got to be honest.</p> <p><em>To learn more about Adopt the Arts, visit <a href="http://adoptthearts.org/">adoptthearts.org.</a> For more about Sorum, visit <a href="http://mattsorum.com/">mattsorum.com.</a></em></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/matt-sorum-discusses-adopt-arts-charity-kings-chaos-and-guns-n-roses#comments James Wood Matt Sorum Interviews News Features Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:06:34 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23283 Guitar World Launches 'Guitar World Lessons' App and Webstore http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-launches-guitar-world-lessons-app-and-webstore <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, <em>Guitar World</em> is kicking off something we're pretty excited about—our new <strong>Guitar World Lessons</strong> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guitar-world-lessons/id942720009?mt=8">app</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarworldlessons.com/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=scroller&amp;utm_campaign=15launch">webstore.</a></p> <p><strong>Guitar World Lessons,</strong> which is live right now (<a href="http://www.guitarworldlessons.com/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=scroller&amp;utm_campaign=15launch">Go take a look!</a>), provides downloadable video guitar lessons—for purchase—in a host of genres—from blues to metal to bluegrass and jazz (and let's not forget shred!)—at the click of a button. </p> <p>In fact, <strong>Guitar World Lessons</strong> offers immediate delivery of hundreds of lessons from the massive and impressive <em>Guitar World</em> catalog. </p> <p>The <strong>Guitar World Lessons</strong> app is <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guitar-world-lessons/id942720009?mt=8">available now at the iTunes store</a> for the iPhone and iPad. Note that the app download itself is free; instructional guitar and bass lessons can be purchased and downloaded by individual lesson or full download of the instructional product. </p> <p>The search function allows guitarists to search lessons and products by artist, song, genre or instructor. Some of <em>Guitar World</em>’s best-selling lesson products are featured, including <em>Guitar World</em> Senior Music Editor Jimmy Brown’s <em>Mastering Fretboard Harmony</em> and more. </p> <p>You can learn from Brown, Paul Gilbert, Dale Turner, Michael Angelo Batio or <em>Guitar World</em> Associate Editor Andy Aledort—and go <em>In Deep with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Play Rock Bass!, Learn Slide Guitar</em> and much more! </p> <p>We're especially proud of <strong>Guitar World Lessons'</strong> all-access functionality across platforms. Users can gain access anywhere, anytime by using a single login created when downloading lessons. Access your purchases on your iPhone, iPad or through the web on a personal computer via <a href="http://www.guitarworldlessons.com/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=scroller&amp;utm_campaign=15launch">guitarworldlessons.com.</a></p> <p>“Creating a platform for digital delivery of our lessons allows our audience to download and play in real time and makes us available to a new audience of guitar players,” says <em>Guitar World</em> Editor-in-Chief Brad Tolinski.</p> <p>Each product in the <strong>Guitar World Lessons</strong> app includes one free lesson to download as a sample of the instructional product. Never has it been easier to demo lessons before making a purchase or purchase lessons and get instant access! There are more than 200 individual lessons available on the platform, and we have plans to double that in 2015.</p> <p><strong>We at <em>Guitar World</em> invite you to stop waiting and start playing today! Visit <a href="http://www.guitarworldlessons.com/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=scroller&amp;utm_campaign=15launch">guitarworldlessons.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8NRrFMqZsV0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimmy-brown">Jimmy Brown</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/andy-aledort">Andy Aledort</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-launches-guitar-world-lessons-app-and-webstore#comments App Guitar World Lessons News Features Lessons Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:08:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23235 School of Shred: Paul Gilbert on the Art and Science of Playing Lead Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/school-shred-paul-gilbert-teaches-isightful-lesson-art-and-science-lead-guitar-playing <!--paging_filter--><p>When it comes to shred, few guitarists can rip like Paul Gilbert. As the driving force behind shred-progenitors Racer X and the chart-topping late-Eighties outfit Mr. Big, Gilbert dazzled with his unhuman fretboard range that included wide stretches and intervallic leaps.</p> <p>But he was a reluctant guitar hero. </p> <p>When he went solo in 1996, Gilbert shied from the shred spotlight and pursued a pop vocal direction. It took more than 10 years, but in 2007, he returned to the land of big guitar chops with his solo debut, <em>Get Out of My Yard</em>, an album that represents the perfect meld of his amazing technique, harmonic gifts and off-the-wall sense of humor. </p> <p>As anyone who has seen him on a G3 tour with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci can tell you, Gilbert’s talent for ripping guitar lines has only grown stronger.</p> <p>An articulate and effective teacher, Gilbert presents an insightful multipart lesson in which he breaks down the mechanics of his various playing techniques and his conceptual approaches to the instrument.</p> <p><strong>Rhythmic Ideas</strong></p> <p>As Gilbert explains in this first section of the lesson, a great way to generate ideas for melodic and rhythmically grooving solo licks is to play a simple rhythmic vamp made up of a few notes and some “scratch” strums, then use it as a springboard for improvising melodic ideas. This is easier said than done, especially for shredders who are used to tearing up and down the fretboard with little consideration for rhythm and playing “in the pocket.”</p> <p>Gilbert suggests starting out with simple ideas that are rhythmically interesting but don’t have a lot of notes, such as the funky A minor pentatonic-based vamp shown in <strong>FIGURE 1</strong>. By thinking like a drummer and focusing on playing something that really grooves, you’ll pay more attention to playing with feeling and soul. When playing this vamp, pick aggressively and try to get the most out of each note, and be sure to tap your foot in steady quarter notes to really get into the groove.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/1_7.png" width="620" height="120" alt="1_7.png" /></p> <p>Once you get used to this approach, you can start to introduce more notes, and that’s where the fun really begins. As Gilbert demonstrates, you can use a simple vamp as a launch pad for improvising more ambitious, note-inclusive licks and fills, like those shown in <strong>FIGURES 2 to 4</strong>. Gilbert advises that it’s very helpful to think of each of these phrases as being played as a drum solo, something that inspires him creatively and helps him remember ideas.</p> <p>The fret-by-fret chromatic movement in <strong>FIGURE 2</strong> shouldn’t be too difficult to master. When playing it, use whatever fingering you like; make sure to mute the lower strings to suppress unwanted noise and to count and perform the rhythms correctly. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2_5.png" width="620" height="112" alt="2_5.png" /></p> <p><strong>FIGURE 3</strong>, while based on the harmonically straightforward A minor pentatonic scale, is a more challenging fill, as it involves some string skipping. As when learning any new piece of music, start out slowly and gradually increase the tempo while streamlining and economizing your movements. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/3_3.png" width="620" height="121" alt="3_3.png" /></p> <p>The lick in <strong>FIGURE 4</strong> doesn’t follow a set pattern but uses ideas similar to those in the three previous examples. The muted notes will help you maintain your groove throughout, so concentrate on making the pick hand comfortable before targeting all the notes.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/4_1.png" width="620" height="130" alt="4_1.png" /></p> <p><strong>“Reverse” String Bends</strong></p> <p><strong>FIGURE 5</strong> is an example of a slick, country pedal-steel-style bending technique Gilbert demonstrates whereby he picks a fretted note on the B string, bends the string with his ring finger (supported by the middle finger) and simultaneously bends the G string at the same fret with the tips of the same fingers. Upon completing the B-string bend, he picks the G string for the first time and releases the bend, creating a drop in pitch on that string (from Eb to D). This cool-sounding move is often called a “pre-bend and release” or a “reverse bend.”</p> <p>Most of your practice should be centered on executing the half-step bends in tune. You can reference the target pitches of the bends by playing the unbent notes one fret higher. Once you get the techniques under your fingers, move the lick around the neck in different positions and keys. The technique also works quite well on the first and second strings.</p> <p>In true Gilbert style, our maestro demonstrates the lick in a fast blues context at the end of a blazing run in A (see <strong>FIGURE 6</strong>).</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/%205%206%20.png" width="620" height="256" alt=" 5 6 .png" /></p> <p><strong>Fast, Repeating Blues Licks</strong></p> <p>Gilbert plays many note patterns that are familiar to most rock guitarists, but there is always more than meets the eye when one attempts to play any of his licks. The resourceful guitarist often begins a fast run with an upstroke. </p> <p>This may seem unusual, but it allows Gilbert to maintain an outside picking motion as he moves from the second string to the third, as he demonstrates with the repeating A minor blues scale lick shown in <strong>FIGURE 7</strong>. This kind of economical picking movement becomes even more important when string skipping, as the guitarist goes on to demonstrate in <strong>FIGURES 8 and 9</strong>. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/7%208%209%20.png" width="620" height="131" alt="7 8 9 .png" /></p> <p>In <strong>FIGURE 10</strong>, Gilbert performs a double pull-off on the third string, changing the rhythm from three- note groups to four-note groups. When playing all four of these examples, keep your fret-hand index finger barred at the fifth fret.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/10.png" width="620" height="121" alt="10.png" /></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/shred-alert-dvd-let-paul-gilbert-teach-you-how-shred">[[ 'Shred Alert' DVD: Let Paul Gilbert Teach You How to Shred</a> ]]</strong></p> <hr /> <strong>Blazing Pentatonics</strong> <p>Many of Gilbert’s licks are based on patterns that he moves around the fretboard, as he demonstrates with the climbing A minor pentatonic legato run in <strong>FIGURE 11</strong>. The initial melodic pattern is eight notes long and is repeated with different notes across the remaining strings.</p> <p>Although Gilbert has long fingers, he uses his fret-hand pinkie a lot. It’s a point worth noting, because you might think that he would rely on his extended reach and not use his pinkie much at all. Gilbert advises students with similarly endowed hands to develop the use if their pinkie because it will pay off in the long run. </p> <p>The earlier you build its strength, the sooner it can become useful. Be sure to use the pinkie to finger all the eighth-fret notes in <strong>FIGURE 11</strong>.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/11.png" width="620" height="121" alt="11.png" /></p> <p>When playing this example, it’s easy to start thinking in triplets, as the grouping of the first three notes suggests. Keep in mind that you’re playing 16th notes; tapping your foot, or at least nodding your head on each downbeat as Gilbert does in the video, will help you feel the 16th-note subdivision.</p> <p><strong>FIGURE 12</strong> is a descending, pattern based A minor pentatonic lick that Gilbert demonstrates, this one incorporating more hammer-ons than pull-offs. Notice the wide interval jump between the fifth and sixth notes (C down to E). Gilbert begins this lick with a downstroke and alternate picks the notes that aren’t slurred, avoiding the use of two consecutive downstrokes or upstrokes, which in this case would slow him down. Try moving this lick to other areas of the neck and repeating it in different octaves, as Gilbert often does. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/12.png" width="620" height="129" alt="12.png" /></p> <p><strong>Natural Harmonics</strong></p> <p>In <strong>FIGURE 13</strong>, Gilbert demonstrates how a scale, in this case C major, may be played melodically in diatonic thirds. The pattern is “down one note, up two notes,” and it stays within the scale. Gilbert does something similar in <strong>FIGURE 14</strong>. Here, he uses a symmetrical fingering pattern across the strings, but the notes don’t comprise any particular scale.</p> <p>Players like Eddie Van Halen and Dimebag Darrell have used symmetrical patterns like this in their lead playing. Be sure to concentrate on the fingering pattern used in this example and notice how it’s similar to the first example, in terms of contour.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/13.png" width="620" height="122" alt="13.png" /></p> <p>Gilbert then takes the same fingering pattern from <strong>FIGURE 14</strong> and plays natural harmonics (N.H.) instead of fretted notes, creating a very cool and unusual note sequence with lots of wide intervals. When executing each natural harmonic, be sure to lightly touch the string with the fret-hand finger directly over the fret rather than press the string down to the neck behind the fret. The harmonics at the fourth fret are a little more challenging to nail and must be performed accurately. Otherwise you’ll just produce a dull mute.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/14.png" width="620" height="123" alt="14.png" /></p> <p><strong>Piano-Style Licks</strong></p> <p><strong>FIGURE 16</strong> is a cool piano-style lick that Gilbert plays, and it’s a pointed example of his efficient picking technique. As in <strong>FIGURES 7 to 10</strong>, the guitarist begins with an upstroke to economize the movement from the high E string to the lower strings. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/15.png" width="620" height="129" alt="15.png" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/16%2017.png" width="620" height="124" alt="16 17.png" /></p> <p>A lot of Gilbert’s super-fast alternate picking is based around this principle. When playing this example, keep the alternating notes on the high E and B strings separate so that they don’t bleed into each other. You can do this by releasing each fretting finger’s pressure against the string immediately after the note is picked. Also, avoid moving your fret hand excessively; it should move very little, in fact, so work on keeping the movement as efficient as possible.</p> <p><strong>Three-Octave Licks</strong></p> <p>Gilbert points out that a 24-fret guitar has a four-octave range (not including harmonics) and that the fretboard’s layout lends itself well to repeating note sequences in different octaves up and down the neck using the same fingering shape. A cool technique the guitarist likes to use is to take a short melodic idea and transpose it up and down and across the neck in octaves, as he demonstrates with the three-note A major arpeggio shape in <strong>FIGURE 17</strong>. </p> <p>This technique helps develop your skill at shifting positions quickly and offers a great way of extending a short lick into a mammoth one. Notice that the initial three-note sequence is repeated on the next two higher strings using the same pattern, two frets higher and then on the top two strings, three frets higher. </p> <p>This two-string concept is particularly useful for guitarists since it relies on each pair of adjacent strings, except the G and B, being tuned the same way, in fourths. <strong>FIGURE 18</strong> is another example of this technique that Gilbert offers, this based on a more interesting six-note pattern in the A Mixolydian mode (A B C# D E F# G), which works well over an A7 chord. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/18.png" width="620" height="132" alt="18.png" /></p> <p>To help switch from his fourth finger to his second finger between each six-note group, Gilbert uses a subtle finger slide, which is easier than trying to perfectly nail each position shift “from the air” and sounds very cool. You’ll find it helpful to first practice each six-note group separately before stringing them together. Also, keep your fret hand arched high, be- cause flattening your fingers will cause noise and slow you down.</p> <p><strong>Untranscribable Lick</strong></p> <p>“Here’s my secret lick that’s been impossible to transcribe,” says Gilbert. “I know the mental process involved and can teach your brain how to get it. There’s this kid in Japan who’s apparently an expert on my style. He plays all the stuff that I’ve done, which is kind of frightening for me! Every time I see him play, I’m like, ‘I’ve gotta learn something new!’ And so I came up with a seemingly untranscribable, lightning-fast legato lick that I’m hoping even he can’t play!”</p> <p>Not letting Gilbert’s “untranscribable” tag deter us, we’ve tabbed out the lick he plays on the video in <strong>FIGURE 19</strong>. The best approach is to start with you fret hand only, which maps out the initial 11-note pattern upon which the lick is based. Gilbert uses this pattern all the time, so it’s worth getting to grips with it before adding the tapped notes.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/19.png" width="620" height="131" alt="19.png" /></p> <p>The general principal behind the taps can be a little bit confusing at first, because Gilbert doesn’t quite do exactly what he thinks he does; even though he starts of by tapping the B note at the D string’s ninth fret on the video, when the lick is in full swing he begins taps the E note at the same fret on the G string instead. When he moves to other positions and strings, he then alternates the tapping between the two strings, but for our main lick, stick to tapping the ninth fret E on the G string. </p> <p>This tap will serve as your “pulse” as you ramp the lick up to speed. Paul demonstrates this on the video, alternating between the original legato lick and the tapped lick. Listen for the rhythmic accents of each tap in the lick. This is the key to working with the odd set of notes and making the lick flow.</p> <p>We can see why this lick has never been transcribed before, but it’s reassuring to see that even a player as precise and technically accomplished as Gilbert finds the lick so intuitive that it’s hard to explain.</p> <p>One of the trickiest parts of playing <strong>FIGURE 19</strong> is executing the fret-hand tap with the pinkie. This needs to be done quickly and firmly in order to generate sufficient volume for the note to be heard in balance with the other notes. Try practicing the first eight notes as a separate lick, aiming for even volume and tone between the notes. This will help with the transition between the third and fourth strings.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/shred-alert-dvd-let-paul-gilbert-teach-you-how-shred">[[ 'Shred Alert' DVD: Let Paul Gilbert Teach You How to Shred</a> ]]</strong></p> <hr /> <strong>Tapping Licks</strong> <p>Gilbert prefers to use his index finger to tap, favoring an upward flick to produce the initial pull-off. Experiment with your index or middle finger, using either an upward or downward flick. Your tapping hand will experience more up-and-down movement than usual, so try to avoid looking at your fretting hand at all, if possible.</p> <p><strong>FIGURE 20</strong> is a tapping lick that incorporates both an ascending and descending arpeggio shape. In <strong>FIGURE 21</strong>, the guitarist introduces his unique “Gilbertism” of tapping and hammering on at the same fret, in this case the fourth. The effect created in this example is a double effect on the B note. Gilbert uses this technique to great effect in many of his blazing solos. As he breaks it down in the video, you can see that it’s more a matter of coordination than hand speed.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/20%2021.png" width="620" height="261" alt="20 21.png" /></p> <p>Notice in both figures that Gilbert uses the same pattern on each three-note shape. You should see the potential of using this idea on different strings and scales. In <strong>FIGURE 22</strong>, Gilbert takes this idea up the neck on the G string, staying within the A natural minor scale (A B C D E F G). The main difficulty here is getting the tapping finger out of the way of the fret hand’s third finger as both hands move up the string. Strangely, you may find this lick slightly easier to coordinate than the previous one, even though it looks more difficult!</p> <p>In <strong>FIGURE 23</strong>, Gilbert applies the same idea to the A minor pentatonic sale to make it sound more “rock.” Since the shapes are bigger, with the notes being spread further apart, there will be more movement between both hands, so start off by learning two or three shapes at a time and at a slower speed, then connect them and crank up the tempo. You’ll find it helpful to first get acquainted with the fret-hand shapes before adding the tapped notes. This will make it easier to work out the most comfortable fingering patterns for each. Try moving this idea onto other strings, and introduce new scales for variety.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/22%2023.png" width="620" height="256" alt="22 23.png" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/23%20more.png" width="620" height="260" alt="23 more.png" /></p> <p>To make your fret-hand shifts easy, use your index finger to slide to the note you have just vacated. You should be able to see this from the side without looking away from your tapping finger. Similarly, your fretting hand doesn’t move as soon as you change shape; it simply taps the same fret as the highest note in the previous shape.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/shred-alert-dvd-let-paul-gilbert-teach-you-how-shred">[[ 'Shred Alert' DVD: Let Paul Gilbert Teach You How to Shred</a> ]]</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/paul-gilbert">Paul Gilbert</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/school-shred-paul-gilbert-teaches-isightful-lesson-art-and-science-lead-guitar-playing#comments Paul Gilbert School of Shred September 2007 Paul Gilbert's Shred Alert News Features Lessons Magazine Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:41:17 +0000 Paul Gilbert and Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19370 February 2015 Guitar World: The Ultimate Dimebag Darrell Tribute Issue http://www.guitarworld.com/february-2015-guitar-world-ultimate-dimebag-darrell-tribute-issue <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWFEB15">The all-new February 2015 issue of Guitar World is available now!</a></strong></p> <p>The new issue is the ultimate tribute to <strong>Dimebag Darrell,</strong> 10 years after his death. We take a look at his incredible guitar collection, fan art and ink.</p> <p>This comes with an exclusive, previously unreleased Dimebag demo called "Whiskey Road" on a 7-inch Flexi-Disc. This 2001 recording features Dimebag playing all instruments. This is a <em>Guitar World</em> exclusive item!</p> <p>Purchase this single issue with the "Whiskey Road" Flexi-disc now for $9.99. Or <a href="https://subscribe.pcspublink.com/sub/subscribeform_gtwd.aspx?t=JE5AP1&amp;p=GTWD">click here</a> to subscribe to <em>Guitar World</em> and get this Flexi-Disc with your February 2015 Issue.</p> <p>Next, we celebrate the heaviest of the heavy with <strong>Pantera's</strong> 25 greatest songs from "Revolution Is My Name" to "This Love." </p> <p>Pantera producer Terry Date recalls on Dimebag Darrell's laser-like perfectionism, side-splitting hijinx and how he set the bar higher than most.</p> <p>Finally, in his new autobiography, <strong>Anthrax</strong> guitarist <strong>Scott Ian</strong> recalls how he nearly drank himself to death with the help from the master of excess himself.</p> <p><strong>Six Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass:</strong></p> <p> • Dimebag Darrell - "Whiskey Road"<br /> • Black Label Society - "In This River"<br /> • Metallica - "Motorbreath"<br /> • Deep Purple - "Smoke on the Water"<br /> • Judas Priest - "Rapid Fire"</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-february-15-the-ultimate-dime-tribute-issue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWFEB15">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/DimeDisc.jpg" width="620" height="465" alt="DimeDisc.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/february-2015-guitar-world-ultimate-dimebag-darrell-tribute-issue#comments Dimebag Darrell February 2015 Pantera News Features Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:27:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23218 The Aristocrats Premiere "Culture Clash" from New Live DVD — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/aristocrats-premiere-culture-clash-new-live-dvd-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Rock/fusion power trio supergroup the Aristocrats—featuring Guthrie Govan on guitar, Bryan Beller on bass and Marco Minnemann on drums—will release <em>Culture Clash Live</em>, a new live CD/DVD, January 20. </p> <p>Captured in six different locations in five countries on three continents during the band’s 100-plus-show Culture Clash World Tour, it showcases the Aristocrats at their best: virtuosic, melodic, spontaneous, outrageous and fun.</p> <p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a live version of "Culture Clash" from the new DVD. The performance was filmed in Bangkok, Thailand. Check it out below; as always, tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook.</p> <p><em>Culture Clash Live</em> will be released via BOING Music and will be available as a CD/DVD package containing eight audio tracks on the CD and nine cuts on the DVD. </p> <p>Only three tracks are the same performance on both CD and DVD; all the others are unique, giving fans a chance to hear how the songs evolved. DVD bonus features include a look behind the scenes at the video setup in Tokyo; an extra drum solo shot with 20 cameras; and demos from the <em>Culture Clash</em> album.</p> <p>“Every time we play a song live, it seems to evolve slightly,” Govan says. “However hard we might try to capture definitive versions in the studio, the true nature of any given composition inevitably reveals itself during the subsequent touring process, mutating incrementally from one night to the next as we do our best to maintain the element of spontaneity and encourage the occurrence of little musical ‘accidents.’”</p> <p>Physical units will first be sold through <a href="http://thearistocrats.spinshop.com/">the band’s webstore</a> and are already available for pre-sales. The digital audio-only will be available through iTunes and other e-tailers. </p> <p>The band is also releasing a 2CD, <em>Secret Show: Live In Osaka.</em> The first 1,000 units of <em>Secret Show</em> will be signed by the band, and the limited release will be available only at the band’s website and merch tables.</p> <p>You can check out complete track listings of all these releases below the video. Enjoy!</p> <p>For more information on the Aristocrats, visit <a href="http://the-aristocrats-band.com/">the-aristocrats-band.com</a> and follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/aristocratsband">Facebook.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/l1yQPhGCjPg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>Culture Clash Live</em> CD Track Listing:</strong><br /> Sweaty Knockers (Whittier, CA, USA)<br /> Ohhhh Noooo (Whittier, CA, USA)<br /> Get It Like That (Whittier, CA, USA)<br /> Culture Clash (Whittier, CA, USA)<br /> Gaping Head Wound (Whittier, CA)<br /> Louisville Stomp (Manchester, UK)<br /> Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)<br /> Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)</p> <p><strong><em>Culture Clash Live</em> DVD Track Listing:</strong><br /> Furtive Jack (Tokyo, JAPAN)<br /> Ohhhh Noooo (Bangkok, THAILAND)<br /> Louisville Stomp (Manchester, UK)<br /> Get It Like That (Tokyo, JAPAN)<br /> Culture Clash (Bangkok, THAILAND)<br /> Blues F***ers (Mexico City, MX)<br /> Gaping Head Wound (Mexico City, MX)<br /> Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)<br /> Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)</p> <p><strong><em>Secret Show: Live In Osaka</em> Track Listing:</strong><br /> <strong><em>Disc One</em></strong><br /> Introduction<br /> Furtive Jack<br /> Sweaty Knockers<br /> Ohhhh Noooo<br /> Get It Like That<br /> Culture Clash<br /> <strong><em>Disc Two</em></strong><br /> Flatlands<br /> Parental Advisory (pronounced "Blues F***ers")<br /> Gaping Head Wound<br /> Twister (pronounced "Desert Tornado")<br /> Washed Passport (pronounced "Living The Dream")<br /> Erotic Cakes</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/aristocrats-premiere-culture-clash-new-live-dvd-video#comments Guthrie Govan The Aristocrats Videos News Features Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:48:00 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23261 Guitar Legends: 100 of the World's Most Iconic Guitars — Available Now! http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-legends-100-worlds-most-iconic-guitars-available-now <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-legends/products/guitar-legends-100-of-the-worlds-most-iconic-guitars/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=100IconicGuitars">Guitar Legends: 100 of the World's Most Iconic Guitars</a> is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $9.99.</p> <p>This special issue of <em>Guitar Legends</em> also features:</p> <p><strong>The 10 Most Expensive Guitars</strong>: Think you paid a lot for your new handmade acoustic or custom electric? Get a load of the prices paid for these babies.</p> <p><strong>The 50 Most Collectible Vintage Guitars</strong>: What axes are worth coveting today? Here's our comprehensive A-to-Z list of the most valuable-and enviable-models.</p> <p><strong>Randy Rhoads' Concorde</strong>: How he and Grover Jackson defined metal-era guitars with their 1980 custom ax.</p> <p><strong>Duane Allman's Gibson Les Paul</strong>: His long-lost Goldtop has been found and given a new lease on life.</p> <p><strong>Ace Frehley's Collection</strong>: The legendary Spaceman explains his devotion to the mighty Paul.</p> <p><strong>Kurt Cobain's Jagstang</strong>: How the grunge king created an entirely new animal for Fender.</p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-legends/products/guitar-legends-100-of-the-worlds-most-iconic-guitars/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=100IconicGuitars">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/legend.jpg" width="620" height="813" alt="legend.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-legends-100-worlds-most-iconic-guitars-available-now#comments Features Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:45:39 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16316 Whole Lotta Editing: Five Awesome Led Zeppelin Mashups http://www.guitarworld.com/whole-lotta-editing-five-awesome-led-zeppelin-mashups <!--paging_filter--><p>Recently, the eternally surprising Jimmy Page streamed a track called "Ramblize" at his official website. </p> <p>It was an unlikely mashup of Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On" and Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize."</p> <p>Several news outlets reported that it was a brand-new track, but it actually has been available on good ol' YouTube for more than two years—and you can hear it below. That's because the song is one fifth of our brief but mesmerizing list of cool Led Zeppelin mashups, most of which revolve around "Whole Lotta Love."</p> <p>Mashups are nothing new. They've been happening since those dudes in the old Reese's Peanut Butter Cups commercials kept getting chocolate in the other guy's peanut butter (and peanut butter in the chocolate, of course). Mashups require a great deal of editing and patience—and it helps when the songs being mashed are in the same key. </p> <p>Anyway, check out our five choices for the best Led Zeppelin mashups. Mind you, some of these get into "remix" territory, which brings up the old "What's the difference between a remix and a mashup?" argument. </p> <p>Fortunately, we don't care—and we really don't have time to delve into that at the moment. Just enjoy these five tracks!</p> <p>P.S.: We've started things off with the best. The Zeppelin/Sabbath mashup is brilliant, and the video is top notch! </p> <p><strong>01. "Whole Lotta Love" with Black Sabbath's "War Pigs"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ThU9BOWcmjM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. "Whole Lotta Love" with the Beatles' "Helter Skelter"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aY2bWyiaei4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. "Whole Lotta Love" with James Brown's "Sex Machine"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3XeI9H2__gM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. "Ramble On" with Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BOSu53-HaRg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>05. "When the Levee Breaks" with the Beach Boys' "Sloop John B"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kX0oQcXe4Mk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/whole-lotta-editing-five-awesome-led-zeppelin-mashups#comments Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin Blogs Features Fri, 09 Jan 2015 13:24:01 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19801